View Full Version : Luthier supplies in UK

The Big Kahuna
05-25-2014, 05:43 AM
Can anyone point me to their preferred supplier in England?

I'm going to dress the frets on my Ibanez, but I don't have a crowning file any more.

Alternatively, has anyone got a reasonably foolproof method of tapping high frets back down? There are really only a couple of high frets (I think there's been some movement over the years due to environmental changes, as the neck binding has a hairline vertical crack at every fret end), so I might try tapping them back down gently.

I used to do it a long time ago with the "wrong" end of a copper drift.

05-25-2014, 07:24 AM
I know of one in Kimberley Nottingham


The Big Kahuna
05-25-2014, 08:22 AM
He doesn't seem to sell the tools though. I'm looking for an English Stewmac.

05-25-2014, 08:29 AM

Michael N.
05-25-2014, 10:37 PM
Why don't you use a flat fine cut file to recrown? Takes about 30 seconds per fret, around 20 seconds longer than a dedicated fret recrowning file. You'll lose all of 3 or 4 minutes in total. If you buy the Gurian file you'll actually save 20 minutes!!

05-25-2014, 11:31 PM
Plenty on Ebay..http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_trksid=p3984.m570.l1311.R1.TR8.TRC1.A0.H1. Xfret+c&_nkw=fret+crowning+file&_sacat=0&_from=R40

The Big Kahuna
05-25-2014, 11:35 PM
Cheers lads. I might have a trip down to B&Q and see if they have anything that might do the job before I spend a load of cash on something I'll probably use twice in my lifetime. I used to do this on an almost daily basis at Carlsbro, but they weren't my tools.

Red Cliff
05-26-2014, 08:49 AM
You could always try David Dyke Luthier Supplies. Pretty reasonable for most things I have found.

05-27-2014, 09:49 AM
+1 on David Dyke, plus he is a really good guy to call up and have a chat with!